Brad Pitt is used to getting the red carpet rolled out for him wherever he goes. But that turned out to be a deterrent on Dec. 12, when he was rejected from jury duty for being too high-profile to serve!
Brad Pitt, 51, was all set for jury duty when he responded to his summons on Dec. 12. However, court officials thought his A-list celebrity status would take too much focus off the matter at hand and he was given the boot before he even hit his selection interview.
Brad Pitt On Jury Duty: Released For Being A Distraction To Jurors
Brad showed up on time and ready to perform his civic duty at a downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Friday, Dec. 12, according to the Daily Mail. The father of six was actually looking forward to possibly serving on a short case — he thought it could be a pretty interesting experience!
But only if it were short. The actor and Academy Award-winning producer is still anxious to spend time at home so he can take care of his wife, Angelina Jolie, 39, who was recently stricken with a case of the chicken pox.
However, Brad had no control over how long he’d have to serve. Typically, LA Criminal Court cases are open and shut within about 7 days, but if the trial went on longer, Brad would have been required to stay until the end.
That could have posed a major issue with his hectic work schedule as well as his desire to care for Angie.
“Now that Angelina is out of commission with the chicken pox, Brad has been picking up the slack both at home and work,” an insider told The Daily Mail. “So, it would have been hard for him to comply had he been chosen.”
Brad Pitt: Too Influential For Jury Duty?
All of this turned out to be a moot point, however, as Brad was quietly dismissed from the waiting room, citing the distraction a celeb of his stature would cause among the jurors.
“You just can’t stick Brad Pitt in a jury box and expect 11 jurors to ignore him,” LA attorney William R. Lively told The Daily Mail.
“It’s only natural that those jurors would be watching to see how Brad reacts to what’s being said and that they could be influenced by his opinions once the jury goes behind closed doors to render a verdict,” he added.
What do you think, Hollywoodlifers? Was it in the best interest of due process to show Brad Pitt the door?
— Rivea Ruff